The state Republican chairman has apologized to State Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, for a flier that suggested he wanted convicted death-row murderers to be released from prison. The flier was sent out in preparation for Election Day on Nov. 2.
Holliman's 16-year-old daughter was raped and murdered in 1985, and Holliman witnessed the execution of his daughter’s killer. He has repeatedly said he supports the death penalty.
“I called and told Mr. Holliman that I wanted to apologize if the mailer caused him any personal anguish or discomfort,” said Tom Fetzer, N.C. GOP chairman. “We did not know about the tragic death of his daughter. If we had known, we would not have sent that mailer out in his district.”
Holliman, who is the House Majority Leader and is up for his sixth term, accepted Fetzer’s apology Wednesday night but asked for a retraction.